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U.S. Supreme Court rules port truck drivers cannot be forced to waive their rights

Staff Writer |
The United States Supreme Court in the case New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira ruled that workers in the transportation industry cannot be forced to waive their rights through private arbitration agreements.

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"This is a great victory for all workers in the transportation industry, including employees, legitimate independent contractors, and drivers misclassified as independent contractors who are suffering egregious wage theft," said Fred Potter, Teamsters International Vice President At Large and Director of the Teamsters Port Division.

"Although we have consistently challenged employers' attempts to compel private arbitration to avoid a public legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes it clear that employers cannot and should not require drivers to waive their right to their day in court through binding arbitration agreements."

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